Medical Errors Airways - One Plane Crash Every Day
Saw this article about medical malpractice and the following stuck out:
Kumar says he wrote the book to alert the public to the fact that 98,000 patient deaths occur as a result of medical errors in U.S. hospitals annually, and about half of them are preventable.
"This is the equivalent of losing one commercial jumbo jet airliner full of about 270 passengers each day," he says. "Think of it as Medical Errors Airways. It's got a lot of jetliners, and one is going down every day."
The deaths don't get the kind of public attention crashes do, in part because the medical system is shrouded in mystery, Kumar says.
I've often had the idea of trying to get the funding to build a medical malpractice memorial wall like the Vietnam memorial... but with about 100k deaths per year, it would end up looking more like the Great Wall of China. Seriously, can we work on lowering these deaths before we worry about things like damage caps?